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    September 23, 2010
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next four to six weeks. >> and work to sale a gas leak in orinda could have an affect on the morning's commute. >> welcome to the first day of astronomical fall. we're off to a beautiful start this morning with a full moon and a few clouds and cool conditions. we'll talk about the heat wave for the afternoon. >> and no slowing on bay area freeways with this live shot at the san mateo bridge despite a couple earlier accidents. if that changes i'll let you know. >> good thursday morning, everyone. it's 6 a.m.. as mike said, the first day of astronomical fall. thanks for joining us. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. developing news in downtown orinda where commuters can expect a few delays maybe this morning as pg&e tries to cap a gas leak. a construction crew hit a gas main around 11:30 last night near camino pablo. about a dozen homes were evacuated but all residents have now been allowed to return to their homes. city officials say the leak is
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near the on-ramp to eastbound 24 but say a detour has been put in place. this is the third significant gas leak reported in the last 24 hours in the bay area. yesterday morning crews dealt with a gas leak on the cal state east bay campus in hayward and last night a small leak forced the closure of el camino real in millbrae for two hours. >> bulldozers head out to the san bruno neighborhood devastated by natural gas and fire. the goal is remove demolished homes. >> the cleanup crews will come in at 8:00 this morning to clear out this debris. they're expected to be here the next four to six weeks. the first job to remove close to two dozen charred cars so they can get all the heavy machinery in. then crews will remove the dedegree from the hot zone area.
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the cost of cleanup for home site is about 30 to $40,000. for victims who have lost everything, there's a lot of questions as the bills pile up. >> as far as insurance, thinking about rebuilding. and there's still the mortgage issue. we have to pay that still. so are we really stuck here or what's going to happen with that? >> what we all went through it just -- i don't know. i don't know when that healing process starts to begin. so, like i said, we're still numb. >> as the cleanup continues, water trucks will continue to water down the ash to reduce any toxic levels. the san mateo health department has brought in air monitors to make sure the area is safer crews and residents living here. last night there was a last-minute meeting called to discuss homeowners rights. attorneys and contractors were available to speak with residents. back here now live in san bruno. i mentioned that state senator
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leland ye has a bill that would prevent these victims from property taxes and income loss on taxes. it was two weeks ago today this gas line exploded and caused that massive fire damaging more than 30 homes. actually destroyed more than 30 homes. damaging 19 others and killing seven people. reporting live in san bruno, i'm jenelle wang, abc 7 news. >> officials from pg&e will appear before the california public utilities commission in san francisco this morning. the puc is expected to vote today on a resolution that would order pg&e to pay for the entire investigation into the september 9th san bruno blast and to establish a blue ribbon panel to study the disaster. pg&e has already agreed to pay and says the money will come from shareholder profits, not rate hikes. a peninsula congresswoman is calling on pg&e meanwhile to not ignore east palo alto. city officials are angry because the utility didn't give them a heads up that one of the top 100 highest risk pipelines is in
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their city like it did with some other cities in the list. city leaders say the representative pg&e went to meet with them yesterday did not answer any questions. the congresswoman is requesting a meeting between east palo alto and the utility. >> we are also continuing to follow developing news in oakland where police are investigating a shoot-out that injured at least two people outside a nightclub. it happened around 2:00 this morning outside a club called caribbean city on the 1400 block of webster street. we're told two people went to the hospital but it is unclear at this point how serious their injuries are. bullets hit at least two cars and a nearby building. investigators say the whole thing may have started as a fight or robbery outside the club and escalated to a shoot-out. one of the victims may have been caught in the crossfire. no one has been arrested and we'll continue to bring you updates on this story as they become available. >> the corruption investigation that's led to the arrest of eight public servants in the southern california city of
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belle. a new report says 20 city managers in california make more than $300,000 a year in pay and benefits. many of those here in the bay area. the survey done by state is assembly committee found san ramon city managers topped the list with $354,000 total compensation. vallejo city manager gets $351,000 and berkeley's gets $331,000. santa clara city manager took a pay cut this year but still earns $299,000. the state calls for elected and appointed officials' salaries to be online. >> adding a new fee to soda and other sugary drinks is apparently dead. mayor newsom abandoning the plan which would have leveed an extra fee on events and big box stores but not at restaurants. newsom is running for lieutenant governor and his opponent has
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banned him as the chief of the food police. the mayor is dropping the plan because he found a better way to encourage healthier drinks. he said an announcement on that would come soon. >> a three-elevator tramway between the coliseum and airport has moved astep closer to reality. the commission voted unanimously to approve $20 million for the project but the sum represents only a small part of the project, $880 in total cost. it would replace the current bus shuttle. work could begin in six months and take about four years to complete. >> 6:06 our time now. the first day of fall and first day of a warm-up. >> indian summer. >> it's going to be warmer, no doubt but cooler this morning. what we're dealing with as far as temperatures. you'll notice when they pop up, quite a few of us in the 40s, especially the north bay valleys and also around menlo park and
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out to livermore. the 60s still in downtown oakland while the rest of us are in the 50s. these temperatures cooler than yesterday most neighborhoods. the exception napa, fairfield and concord. that's 1 to 3 degrees warmer. menlo park, cooler than yesterday. livermore 9, mountain view 5. san francisco and oakland pretty close and half moon bay about 7 degrees cooler than this time yesterday. but the afternoon we're going to see a big warming trend. about 7 to 9 degrees warmer than yesterday. dry air, sunshine and relatively calm conditions will allow this heat to build. low to mid-70s richmond, san francisco all the way to oakland and san mateo with upper 70s fremont, palo alto and san rafael and vallejo. the rest of us in the low to mid-80s until you get to half moon bay about 66 degrees. accu-weather seven-day forecast. we hit the 90s inland tomorrow and stay in them all the way through tuesday. we're in the mid-80s around the bay this entire time and low to
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mid-70s at the coast. good morning, frances. >> mike, we'll head to the south bay where this earlier accident wasn't blocking lanes but now temporarily will block the stevens street boulevard to northbound 880 as they try to clear the vehicle there out of that on-ramp. the eastbound steven street boulevard on-ramp open to northbound 880 and if you want to the avoid that, you may want to consider basscum avenue as an alternate. you heard eric and kristen talk about this gas leak in orinda. closed to brookwood but you can take camino pablo to get back to eastbound 24. eric, kristen? >> frances, thank you. it's 6:08 now. >> just ahead, we have the new warning about lasix eye surgery. why some say the risk isn't worth the reward. >> the new and much bigger price tag attached to the bart shooting trial. >> get ready to pay more for your morning fix. your morning fix. why the
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good morning. it is 6:12 and what a gorgeous live picture we have. a shot from the east bay. you see that moon, nearly full. and to the left is under the moon you have jupiter. >> and presumably an aircraft. >> getting a debut! >> jupiter moving quickly across your screen and climbing over the moon. >> that would be quite a phenomenon. >> it would be! >> this gorgeous shot and gorgeous weather coming our way. we'll talk to mike about that. >> that is quite a picture. legislative leaders will
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continue talking in santa monica to talk about a spending plan to close the state's $19 billion budget deficit. negotiations held in southern california because governor schwarzenegger who's recovering from a cold lives nearby. california has been without a budget now for 86 days. that's a new state record. >> we're learning how much alameda county prosecutors spent on the bart police shooting trial. the contra costa times reports the total bill for the d.a. totals $144,000. the trial for johannes mehserle was moved to los angeles. prosecutors spent $25,000 on airfare, $55,000 lodging and another $17,000 in other hotel costs. mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of unarmed passenger oscar grant. the first in-depth interview with a berkeley woman freed from an iranian prison will air today on oprah. sarah shourd was released last
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tuesday. her fiancee shane bauer and her friend josh fattal are being held in iran still. the three were arrested in july 2009 during a hiking trip along the iran/iraq border. iran officials claimed they intentionally controlsed into iran as spies. you can see oprah's interview with sarah shourd today at 4 p.m. here on abc 7. >> be prepared to come up with a little extra cash for your next coffee drink at starbucks. the chain has been absorbing the rising cost of beans but now it will pass it to consumers. they wouldn't say exactly which ones or exactly how much. bags of coffee beans are also likely to go up. basic brewed drink, a tall coffee, is probably gonna stay the same. >> so basically if you're already paying a lot for your coffee, then you pay more? >> yeah. yeah. it's called free enterprise! (laughter)
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>> all right. maybe a little ice cold coffee or iced tea or lemonade may be good in the days ahead. >> might be a good time to head to the beach, too. find some cool water there for the warm weather this weekend. a beautiful picture of the some of the clouds and the nearly full moon that continues over the bay this morning. we're looking from emeryville back to the west. we'll take a look at the temperature. talk about the coolest mornings. the winds calming and the nearly clear skies. sure enough, look at the 40 around santa rosa, 46. redwood city and los gatos 49 along with livermore. pretty much low to mid-50s in other neighborhoods. around the monterey bay, we have upper 40s inland. mid to upper 40s gilroy and salinas. but a quick turn-around today with a mostly sunny sky. without that cool breezy, the warming will begin. a mostly clear night tonight and pretty comfortable. temperatures in the 50s. that is the key to the forecast and why it heat wave won't be so oppressive and dangerous as one say a couple months ago where
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the nighttime stayed pretty warm. our warmest afternoon, saturday, sunday, monday and tuesday. you have to be careful during the afternoon hours. a look at a well-rounded system moving to the north steering away from us. the tail end of the cold front could push a few high clouds into our forecast during the afternoon hours. look for sunshine and upper 70s to low 80s with san jose right in the middle at 80 degrees. mid to upper 70s on the peninsula. redwood city and menlo park 77. a slight breeze at the coast. not nearly as aggressive as yesterday. sunshine and the mid-60s for you. downtown, south san francisco and sausalito in the low 70s. san rafael and petaluma 78. otherwise low 80s through the north bay valleys. 84 cloverdale. at the beaches 20 degrees cooler. bodega bay 64 and stinson 65. slightly warmer castro valley and fremont at 78 and 77. over in the east bay valleys,
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80s. no air conditioning yet. might need it through the weekend. mid-70s most of the monterey bay. monterey and carmel, mid to upper 60s for you. look how comfortable. low to mid-50s in the north bay valleys, mid to upper 50s for the bay into the rest of our inland valleys. 52 degrees half moon bay. ready to take a look at this warming trend. we've added an extra day, too. we've extended the seven-day forecast to wednesday and the weather above average friday all the way through wednesday with total sunshine just about everywhere. low to mid-70s at the coast. mid to upper 80s around the bay and mid-90s inland. summer is here! on this first day of fall, frances. >> mike, we've been waiting for that seven-day forecast a long time! looking great weatherwise and trafficwise. live shot here at the 280 and 17 interchange. everything flowing well. that connector ramp heads to northbound 880 and the stevens creek on-ramp open.
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it was shut down to clear a am earlier crash. we'll head to 101 and 880 as well. more traffic here. slightly under the speed limit north 101 but so far no major trouble heading up the peninsula to san francisco. checking out the san mateo bridge next. also looking good in both directions. that's eastbound traffic there on the left heading towards hayward. bay bridge toll plaza t. there is a minor backup for cash-paying lanes so metering lights may be turned on shortly. interstate 80 in berkeley, also looking pretty good. the drive times right around 20 minutes from the carquinez bridge to the maze. the golden gate bridge, the drive time only 23 minutes highway 37 in novato. you can get personalized drive times sent to you. just sign up for it on abc7news.com. kristen? >> frances, thanks a lot. a new study found routine mammograms might not be as
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important preventing death as previously thought. it looked at women in norway. the cancer death rate dropped only 10% after routine mammograms were introduced. they found scientists say advances in breast cancer awareness and treatment have played more of a role in reducing the death rate. the american cancer society says it still recommends mammograms. >> the former fda official who led the drive to approve lasix eye surgery now calls it dangerous. drive thru morris waxler says half the patients who have the procedure end up with side effects including blurred vision. a thin flap of the outer cornea is lifted out of the way. a laser then flattens the inner cornea. the cornea can develop scar tissue that causes vision problems until some patients need glasses again. >> i think people don't understand this is not like getting your nails done, getting a curl in your hair. >> my vision fluctuates very frequently and i have to have new glasses constantly.
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>> the laser eye industry says most laser side effects are minor and temporary and the complications are much lower with today's modern lasix. >> coming up, fun for friends. >> the school district that's about to get much
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our state has a huge deficit. meg whitman's plan will make it billions worse by eliminating the capital gains tax for wealthy investors, including herself. economists say her plan will "rip a hole in the budget" and is "deeply flawed". analysts for the l.a. times say whitman's plan is a "pure handout" to the rich creating a "huge risk" to schools and public safety. jerry brown's against this unfair giveaway because it will take billions from our children when we can least afford it. get california working again-for all of us.
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i thought it was over here... ♪ [car horn honks] our outback always gets us there... ... sometimes it just takes us a little longer to get back. ♪ >> it's 6:23. the public school system in new jersey is poised to receive $100 million from the founder of facebook.com. cory booker, republican governor and facebook.com founder are expected to announce the
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donation tomorrow on the oprah winfrey show. the school district has the poorest graduation rates in the entire nation. the founder said to be close to the city's mayor about to take over control of the school district. the bay area-based network says the problem was with the third-party net working provider which prevented thousands of users from logging on to the site last night. officials say the issue has been fixed. >> a publicity stunt gone wrong. netflix has egg all over its face. it apparently paid extras to pose and give interviews at the press at an event celebrating their expansion to canada. the company asked for actors to play specific roles including mothers, film buffs, even couch potatoes. they had the outside media do interviews about the netflixes in canada.
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netflixes issued an apology. they say the company did it as part of a fake documentary they planned to shoot in order to obtain a permit for the press event. >> too bad we weren't there. i could play the couch potato. >> that was my role! >> you're the mother. >> that, too. the couch potato mom. >> impersonating a police officer in east bay. what you need to watch out for. >> a big change for the chp after two high-profile chases in san jose. >> the stomach-turning reason millions of cans of baby formula are being recalled this morning. >> i'm terry mcsweeney with the story of healthcare reform. lots of them arriving today. some people love them, some hate them. just about everyone is impacted by them. the story coming up. >> and looking at the lower 48, our major airports are flowing freely but you can see a big massive storm system moving through the midwest which will cause delays this afternoon and
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>> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. ♪ good morning. it's 6:29 on this thursday, and we have fall finally but we also have a big warm-up coming our way. >> summer temperatures on the first day of fall. how about that. kristen sze, eric thomas. a day when we have a lot of business to do. the bankruptcy, netflix is admitting to a big sort of you'll find out bad judgment in canada. right now we'll take you live to the new york stock exchange where we are awaiting the opening bell and getting to the trading day. stocks sliding, unemployment rose last week.
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the rise suggests some companies are still cutting workers. we'll see how investors are reacting in a live report at the new york stock exchange in 15 minutes. oh, yes, the opening bill starting the trading day. >> the day is the day a slew of major healthcare reform measures become law. they changes expected to impact almost every single american. one local family's story. >> republicans are vowing to take back congress this fall and one of the first orders of business, repeal these reforms because of their nearly $1 trillion price tag but you'll hear nothing about praise for the family in novato. means they can keep their home and little girl healthy. >> that's two-year-old violet mcmanus, a girl whose life has been a struggle because of an especially violent type of epilepsy. >> it's horrible. she doesn't breathe. she turns blue and we don't know if she's going to come out of it. >> adding to that terror, the fear of the astronomical medical
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bills. >> it was $5 million. she's already gone through a quarter of that. >> we most likely would have had to file bankruptcy. we would have, of course, lost our home. we would have relied heavily on help from family. >> now that won't be necessary because as of today, insurance companies can no longer set a dollar limit over the course of a lifetime on hospital stays and other benefits. other changes include adults under the age of 26 will now be covered by their parents' employer-based health insurance. cancer -- children cannot be denied that coverage. vaccinations and mammograms must be covered sunday the new plan. existing plan remains as is. >> people don't realize until it happens to them. >> ask your employer about it if you get your insurance through work.
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and if you buy your insurance yourself, call your insurance company. eric? >> terry, thank you. repealing healthcare reform will be outlined as part of a gop campaign today. gop lawmakers are set to roll out their pledge to america, similar to the contract with america that they successfully introduced in 1994. that year republicans were able to win back control of congress and hold on to it until 2006. now hoping to do it again with a 21-page document with proposals to slash taxes and spending. cut down on government regulation and halt the president's stimulus program. >> less than two hours from now, the sound of heavy demolition equipment will echo through the san bruno neighborhood damaged by the natural gas fire. bulldozers will begin tearing down the homes damaged in the blaze. jenelle in san bruno with the latest. >> it was two weeks ago today when this pg&e gas pipeline exploded and caused a massive fire destroying more than 30
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homes, severely damaging 19 others and killing seven people. about 90 minutes from now at 8:00 this morning cleanup crews will come in to clean up all the debris in this disaster. the hot zone and work out from there. crews have to remove two dozen charred vehicles to get the heavy machinery in. then they will start to clean up 30 home sites, expected to take four to six weeks. yesterday water trucks continued to water down the ash and making sure the air is safe for crews and residents living nearby. >> we know it contains levels of metal, asbestos, all sorts of other chemicals. we want to make sure as the material's handled it's not going to blow off the property and become a public health problem. >> last night last-minute meeting took place to discuss rights. the panel of contractors available to help. yesterday state senator leland ye introduced a bill to help
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these fire victims that would exempt them from paying property taxes and allow them to deduct income lost from this disaster. the bills are piling up for victims of this disaster. just to clean up each of these sites, 30 to $40,000. several lawsuits have been filed against pg&e. i'm jenelle wang, abc 7 news. >> jenelle, thank you very much. 6:34 now. san leandro police are looking for a man impersonating a police officer. a woman who was walking on east 14th street when a man driving a black s.u.v. stopped, jumped out wearing what investigators called a tactical uniform and told her to freeze. the man handcuffed the woman and took $200 from here while pretending to do an i.d. search. police tell the public if it doesn't feel right, look for identifying information on the officer's uniform. the former sha cheerleading squad is under arrest. she embezzled almost $20,000
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from the team. investigators say she collected money from members to pay for cheerleading camp, uniforms and other expenses but prosecutors say she used the cash for personal items including clothing, rent and even a trip to vegas. >> jaycee dugard and her two daughters may be spared from having to relive their ordeal in open court next month. nancy's attorney said she and her husband phillip had been indicted by a grand jury. no one would confirm or deny the reported indictment. it would eliminate a hearing which would have likely required dugard's testimony. the garridos are accused of kidnapping dugard from south lake tahoe in 1991 and holding her captive for 18 years. both have pleaded not guilty. >> the chp is revealing its pursuit policy in the wake of two deadly crashes in downtown san jose. in a july crash, a 15-year-old
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girl was killed as they sped away and broadsided the car she was in. two raced from chp officers and flipped on its side. chp policy says they may pursue any vehicle that will doesn't stop that's ordered to. >> just minutes from now president obama will address the annual u.n. general assembly. he's expected to focus on prospect for peace in the middle east and expected to fight terrorism. during a welcoming gathering, mr. obama told the u.n. global conference on poverty. they will no longer throw money to poorer companies. they will use diplomacy to help the neighbors prosper. they will help developing countries to take more responsible for their future. >> a new poll in california shows meg whitman and jerry brown still in a tie in the governor's race despite whitman spending $115 million of her own
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money in the campaign. less than six weeks before the election, 18% of those surveyed say they are still unsure which candidate they would back. that's up from 13% undecided during the last field poll back in july. >> 6:37. our temperatures may be jumping by that percentage or maybe even more. >> how about the undecideds. >> we have to talk to them as well. >> this morning though it's cold. >> first day. it's gonna warm up, right senator. >> that's the big story. good morning to you. on this first day of astronomical fall we see a change taking place. in between systems, a low pressure pulling away. high pressure not quite here yet but still enough of a change that we'll see warmer weather today. temperatures where they should be this time of year. oakland and santa rosa, 7 degrees warmer than yesterday. concord 8 and fremont and san francisco 9 degrees warmer than yesterday afternoon. about 12 hours, 6 minutes and 32
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seconds of sunshine. here's how the day breaks down. we have a few clouds around this morning. we'll call it partly cloudy. temperatures at 8:00 and 48 santa rosa with low to mid-50s with most of our neighborhoods. a few high clouds roaming through. mid to upper 60s around the bay and into the south bay. low to mid-70s inland valleys. 61 half moon bay. by 4:00 a lot of sunshine and a few high clouds and about 64 half moon bay but low to mid-70s throughout the bay into the south bay and also san rafael with upper 70s in the deepest parts of our north bay and east bay valleys. even 80s showing up around morgan hill, livermore and fairfield. this is just the beginning. tomorrow temperatures above average just about everywhere and they will remain above average all the way through wednesday. this will be our longest streak of above average afternoon warmth that we've had all year. good morning, frances. >> yoo-hoo! here's a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza. the metering lights has been turned on and the backup is
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growing towards the 880 overcrossing. no stalls on the bay bridge. yesterday it was an absolute mess all morning long. checking the ride on interstate 80. getting there still fine, although it's a little slow near university. that's where it gets crowded westbound towards the maze. no major problems out of vallejo and fairfield this morning on westbound 80. checking out 680 as well. contra costa county, the normal commute, slow out of antioch. looking good southbound 680 through the san ramon valley. a heads up and reminder again. eric and kristen, telling you about it being closed at bookwood. you can get on to eastbound 24. just a slight detour through the area. westbound 4, 21 minutes. lone tree way to 242 right now. eric, kristen. >> now 6:39. >> trading underway on wall street. a live report from the new york
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stock exchange straight ahead. here's a live look at the big board. the dow is down 72 points. >> also the drastic decision that will now cut a. c. transit service virtually in half. >> plus a titanic coverup? >> what one woman says really sunk the titanic. >> and the discovery that >> and the discovery that sparked a greed. the wealthiest corporations. billions in profits and bonuses. and the sacramento politicians just gave these same corporations a new billion dollar handout... paid for by cuts to education and public safety with no guarantee of creating one new job. but we can change this by voting yes on proposition 24. prop 24 repeals the billion dollar giveaway and protects our schools and communities. yes on prop 24.
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it's time to give us a break... not the big corporations. no one fights harder than jerry mcnerney. when some vets were forced to travel hours for care, mcnerney fought for a new v.a. medical facility, and won.
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mcnerney took on washington gridlock, to improve care for vets with traumatic brain injuries. his plan became law. that's why vfw state commander dave norris endorsed mcnerney. i'm jerry mcnerney, and i'm honored to approve this message. thanks, dad.
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♪ welcome back. looks like the entire state will feel warmer weather today from mid to upper 60s around eureka and big sur to sunshine around l.a. and 80. san diego 72. mid-80s through the central valley with tahoe jumping to 72
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under a mostly sunny sky. yosemite and palm springs, the warm areas. mid-90s with sunshine. >> 6:43. dramatic cuts for a. c. transit bus riders in the east bay. transit board members hammered out a plan that nearly cut service in half despite protests from those who rely on the buses. tal affect weekend service as well as four of their six late-night runs. >> this is preposterous. what am i going to do on the weekend to get to church? >> the board decided that they had no alternative given our financial condition but to opt to cut at least about half of our weekend service. >> so the half refers to the weekend service, as you just heard. a. c. transit has some issues with its labor union and says if it can work out an agreement, some of those service cuts could be avoided. if not, those cuts will go into effect in december. >> bart looking for additional revenue. its board set to meet to sell more advertising space at its stations and trains.
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among the options, selling the naming rights to stations adding television monitors in stations and trains and putting more wrap-around ads outside of trains to raise extra cash. bart was one of the few transit agencies in the nation to ends the fiscal year with a budget surplus but bart's board needs to develop new revenue sources to deal with future budget short falls. >> the show is over for blockbuster. investors waiting for headlines on the housing market, they're coming up in a few minutes. jane king joins us live with more. >> good morning, jane. >> hi, eric and kristen. good morning. months of rumors and finally today blockbuster coming out and filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy. it is the world's biggest movie rental company but really struggling to adapt its store front models to online technology. one of its biggest rivals, netflix. reached a deal with bondholders so they can reorganize the company and have a $125 million
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loan as well to finance their reorganization. blockbuster says stores will remain open for business. wall street opens for business here this morning. stocks lower here today. off the lows but did see jobless claims. they came in higher than expected. that was a disappointment. we have a report on excising home sales. that will be out the top of the hour and could help worker stocks, too. that number expected to come close to the lowest level on record. your bloomberg valley index, actually following the bottom markets lower. bark -- back to housing rates. chase has a 30-year fixed at under 4.2%. we haven't seen a rate like that for decades. if you want to refinance or purchase, today could be a good day to lock that in. a new report from economic and policy research which says homeownership may not be the smartest option. building a house which would allow homeowners and the
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foreclosure process the right to pay rent to occupy their homes for up to five years. homeowners using this option would save $1,000 a month by renting instead. that's something to keep an eye on as california struggles with foreclosures. i'm jane king, bloomberg news. >> jane, thank you very much. >> a huge baby formula recall to report this morning. millions of containers of similac, the best selling formula in the u.s., maybe connated with bugs or bug parts. recall for only some of the powders, not the liquids. no immediate health risk to babies. they have set up a link where you can enter the lot number on a can of formula to see if it's recalled. you can find the link at abc7news.com. click on "see it on tv." they will provide a full refund for any affected cans. >> did a simple but embarrassing steering error cause the titanic to sink. an author who's a granddaughter
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of a survivor, second officer on the ship, he told her the steering officer panicked and inadvertently steered into the iceberg on april 1912 because he wasn't used to the new steering system on the ship. she says the owner then caused the ship to sink faster but continuing to sail rather than stopping. he says he never told anyone to protect the crew's reputation. the statements coincide with the release of her new novel about the titanic. even his survival was pretty amazing. sucked down with the ship and blown away from it by an exploding boiler. >> let's talk about the weather. that's pretty amazing as well. after a pretty cold summer, as fall gets here a big warm-up. >> an explosion of warm if you will that will last longer than any we've dealt with all year. the full moon is going to set fairly soon just to the west of the bay. what a beautiful picture. see the clouds kind of hanging
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around. we'll have mostly sunny conditions this afternoon. notice, it's not nearly as breezy as it was yesterday. that's led to cooler conditions this morning. we'll also allow the warmth to build through the afternoon hours. we're still 46 in santa rosa. 49 in redwood city, los gatos and livermore. low to mid-50s for the rest of us. the monterey bay we're cool with upper 40s inland. we have mid to upper 40s for gilroy and salinas. expect a mostly sunny afternoon. a few high clouds from time to time and the warming trend begins today. mostly clear and here's the key to the forecast. comfortable at night the next couple of nights. if this was a couple of months ago when we had longer days and shorter nights, the nighttime hours would stay rather warm. they're going to cool rather nicely and that will allow your apartment or your house if you don't have air conditioning to cool, also. fans will probably be just needed. warm this afternoon, saturday, sunday and especially monday and tuesday. for today temperatures getting back to average. we'll be pretty close in concord, about 3 degrees below
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average. san francisco 1. santa rosa and oakland about 2 degrees warmer. that's a 7 to 9 degree jump over yesterday just to get us back to average. low to mid-80s in the east bay valleys with mid to upper 70s most of the east bay shore. south bay upper 70s to low 80s. san jose about 80 degrees. mid to upper 70s on the peninsula. not as breezy but still a breeze at the coast and mid-60s with sunshine. sausalito low 70s. upper 70s to low 80s in the north bay valleys and we'll have low 80s morgan hill and hollister, gilroy. monterey bay, 67 monterey. 75 santa cruz. accu-weather seven-day forecast. look at the temperatures jump about 4 to 8 degrees tomorrow. we'll be near 100 inland on monday. near 90 around bay and mid-70s at the coast. if you have weather video or would like to share weather pictures especially the next couple days we would sure love to see them. upload them or e-mail it.
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here's frances with a look at the bay bridge. >> hi, mike. that's where we have the biggest backup right now, the toll plaza. slow from the 880 overcrossing to the metering lights. normal delay. no major problems unlike yesterday. let's check out the other side of the bay, 101 in millbrae for you. traffic is flowing well. it's been nice on 101. delay-free along the entire stretch of 101 along the peninsula. check out the san mateo bridge westbound. still fine. 14 minutes, the drive time from 880 to 101. heading to the north bay now. we'll check out the golden gate bridge for you. and no delays out of san rafael, out of novato. even as far north as santa rosa. in the south bay, the 101 and 880 interchange still looking good. northbound is a little slow before you get here. just lightly under the speed limit.
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and highway 87 in san jose as well, this traffic moves northbound. slowing from the capital expressway to 280. mass systems reporting no delays. you can find out if anything changes by going to our website, abc7news.com. just click on the bay area traffic link. eric. >> frances, thank you. it's 6:52 now. a san francisco sandwich icon is back in business just a week after it closed. ike's sandwich shop had become a victim of its own success. so many people were lining up for lunch neighbors complained about the noise and odors from the kitchen. the new ike's is just around the corner on market street sharing a space with a nightclub called lime which doesn't open until late. orders taken over the phone for now to avoid the long lines of customers. >> dieters appear to have an advantage in the battle of the budge. tracking people at risk of being overweight from ages 40 to 65. for two years they were on a
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low-fat mediterranean diet or a low carb diet. those are the highest dairy calcium intakes, lost about 12 pounds. the biggest losers dank about 2 glasses of milk a day adding calcium and vitamin d. >> this at the top of your list you don't want to see a bus driver doing. a passenger recorded this video of a bus driver reading his kindle as he drove. the driver was fired yesterday. however, the driver's lawyer says it only looks like it was reading. he says the kindle was just sitting there and he wasn't really using it. >> really! (laughter) >> that's what he says. >> a teenager in england has been smoothered with 21,000 responses after she inadvertently posted a birthday party invitation to more than just her facebook.com friends. she meant to invite 15 people but by not checking her privacy
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settings, the event was made public and word got around quickly. the girl's mother has now cancelled the party. if 1% of the people showed up, it would be a nightmare for the smollon done suburb where she lives. police plan to beef up patrolless just in case a crowd of strangers overwhelms the area. in case you're wondering, the girl's mother has taken away her daughter's computer. >> do you think she was reading her kindle? maybe that was the problem. clearing the rubble of homes destroyed in the san bruno explosion and fire. >> jenelle live with details. >> cleanup crews will arrive in about an hour from now, 8:00 this morning, start clearing out all the debris from the explosion site. they expected to be here the next four to six weeks. the first big job to remove all the charred vehicles where about two dozen so the heavy machinery
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can be brought in. crews will remove the debris from the hot zone area. 35 homes slated to be cleared but could be more later. the cost of cleanup per home site is about 30 to $40,000. water trucks will continue to be here to water down the ash to reduce any toxic levels. i spoke with the san mateo health department just about 45 minutes ago. they brought in air monitors and he says the air is clean and safe for residents who are still living nearby and for crews who will be working here. a state senator, leland ye, who represents this area has actually proposed a bill that would exempt these victims from paying property taxes. it would allow them to deduct income lost on their taxes. it was exactly two weeks ago today this pg&e pipeline exploded and caused this massive fire damaging, actually destroying 30 homes and damaging nearly 20 others and killing seven people. reporting live in san bruno, i'm jenelle wang, abc 7 news. >> 6:55. >> checking out the top stories
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this morning, oakland police investigating a shooting outside a nightclub. it happened 2:00 this morning in the 1400 block of webster street. two people were taken to the hospital. the bullets hit cars and a nearby building. investigators say the whole thing may have started as a fight or a robbery. >> a detour to highway 24 in place in downtown orinda as pg&e caps a gas leak. it was after a crew hitting a 2 inch pipeline. no one is injured and no one evacuated. >> 6:56. final check on weather and traffic. >> start with showing you the warmer temperatures today. good morning to you. the coast mid-60s with sunshine. low to mid-70s san jose, oakland, richmond. low to mid-80s for the rest of us. the good news, even when it gets hot, it's going to cool at night. low to mid-50s the north bay valleys. mid to upper 50s with a partly cloudy for the rest of us. seven-day forecast, it is going to be brutal sunday and monday,
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especially inland where we'll be near 100. frances? >> final check of the bay bridge toll plaza has the backup happy to the metering lights. it's been rather quiet this morning on bay area freeways. a few accidents but nothing slowing you down. closed at camino pablo. a slight detour there. you can expect kind of the typical delays on westbound 4 and altamont pass. the drive half an hour to 680. i think it's a good thursday. >> thank you for joining us with the abc 7 morning news. >> president obama moments away from addressing the u.n. general assembly. if you'd like to see it, we're going to be streaming it live on abc7news.com. >> that's not him, but that's probably where he'll be standing in a little bit. so we'll review this picture of the u.n. have a great day. we'll see you later.
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